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How to Board up Your Vacant House

Boarding up Your Vacant Property for Security Purpose

Posted On: 13th Jan 2021

There is lots of information available online about how you can board up your vacant property before any disaster takes place. The objective of boarding up is to secure the house from any effects of higher winds. The main reason for property board up service in London is to protect it in every possible way.

Boarding up different accessible openings

The board up windows allows intruders to get access to your house. Windows may be broken and provide easy accessibility to squatters and vandals by forming liabilities and causing damage that are more expensive than window board up. Though the secured windows and doors can be accessed easily through minimal force, this ensures to make door board up necessary for security reasons.

Tension window boarding up

Windows board up is generally needed by the REO industry and property preservation. Other than screwing the board to window frames, the tension process of window boarding up will need 2”x4” carriage bolts and lumber to ‘pinch’ plywood between the inner and outer frame. As screws aren’t used, there will not be any kind of damage to your frame. The tension procedure ensures to deliver improved security since there aren’t any screws to be removed and thus, the bold heads of carriage provides no purchase for the wrench.

Instructions for tension window boarding up

  1. You have to remove as well as dispose broken glass in your frame or the ones which are there on the ground.
  2. Calculate and then cut the plywood in 5/8″ for covering the opening of window.
  3. Take out panes that can be removed and then keep it in the closet, Open the top and the bottom of the panes so that the four bolts may pass through from the outside to the inside of your house.
  4. Cut lumber of 2”x4” for increasing near about 6” beyond the inside window opening on either of the side.
  5. Work out the align plywood having 2”x4” drill holes and lumber which have been properly sized for the hardware to pass easily.
  6. Push carriage bolts through the plywood of 5/8″:
  • When window panes are removed, the plywood may pass from inside the building to the exterior. Try to grasp bolts for holding 5/8″ plywood in its place over the window opening. This is usually done by one person without using a ladder.
  • If window panes are not removed, the two people should work together in concert by keeping one outside on the ladder for holding plywood properly and the other inside for positioning 2”x4” lumber and then twisting nuts onto carriage bolts.
  1. Try to install 2”x4” lumber braces by passing carriage bolts through the predrilled holes and then threading a nut and washer onto each bolt.
  2. Change the plywood when required in order to tighten carriage bolts in place by pinching plywood and 2”x4” lumber braces within the frame.

Oversized window boarding up

The openings of the widow may be larger when compared to 48″x96″ plywood sheet which need joining with a 6” plywood strip being cut into the appropriate length. After this, it has to be attached with screws for making the right size board.

Door boarding up

The tension process for door boarding up will need extra braces of 2”x4” as well as carriage bolts in order to make secure board up.

Boarding up for overhead door

With the help of concrete fasteners and masonry drill bit, you can install lumber of 2”x4” that has the opening of door to act in the form of base plate. Make a stud frame of 2”x4” and then affix with the stud base plate, above and on each side. Try to overhead the openings of the door that are extremely big to employ tension method as well as use screws. So, it is suggested that screws might be used since they aren’t that common and offer better security than those head screws. After this, you need to affix plywood of 3/4″ with your 2×4 framework.

Door boarding up for pets

Though the door openings for pets are small, you may use four bolts and two braces. The doors for pets are usually cut into the entry doors so that proper care is taken for using the bolts of correct length. This will prevent the obstruction in operating your doors and so, oversized bolts should be cut to proper size.

Thus, you may hire emergency glaziers when you require boarding up services for your vacant property.